A few good weekends in a row have me eager to keep my solid record alive. Basketball is still the flavour of the Sunday Picks with the NBA playoff/tanking race continuing and the end of the college ball regular season mixed in with the Big Ten tourney final. 10-0 here I come.
Last Sunday Picks: 8 – 3
Overall: 473 – 342
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Phoenix Suns (19-45) at Atlanta Hawks (19-44)
NO one will be trying to win this game as tankapalooza kicks into overdrive over the home stretch. Unfortunately for the Suns a hot Devin Booker doesn’t care about lottery positioning and he’ll probably win this game single-handedly.
Verdict: Suns W
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Charlotte Hornets (28-35) at Toronto Raptors (44-17)
ACCORDING to Five Thirty Eight the Hornets still have a 20% chance of making the playoffs. After visiting the Air Canada Centre that percentage will go down.
Verdict: Raptors W
Indiana Pacers (35-27) at Washington Wizards (36-27)
JUST half a game separates the Pacers and Wizards as they jostle for the 4th and 5th seed. A win is super important because a loss risks sliding further down the standings and setting a matchup with the Cavaliers in round one. I’m siding with the home squad, but only just.
Verdict: Wizards W
New Orleans Pelicans (35-26) at Dallas Mavericks (19-44)
WITH Anthony Davis doing his best Wilt Chamberlain impersonation it’s tough to see the Pelicans losing ever again. Dallas won’t be putting up much of a fight as they vie for better draft positioning. This could get ugly.
Verdict: Pelicans W
Philadelphia 76ers (34-27) at Milwaukee Bucks (33-29)
ANOTHER matchup between two East conference playoff teams trying to improve their seeding will see Embiid and Simmons go up against the Greek Freak. Generation next will be on full display in this can’t miss battle and I’m predicting with the young duo will get a win in Wisconsin.
Verdict: 76ers W
Brooklyn Nets (20-43) at LA Clippers (33-28)
I really thought that the Nets would be better than they have been this year. Injuries and a stalled offense have seen them lose 14 of their last 16 games and I don’t think the pain will subside in LA.
Verdict: Clippers W
New York Knicks (24-39) at Sacramento Kings (19-43)
LOSING has been the flavour for Sacramento and New York for a long time. Too long some may say. There have been flashes of young talent and hope throughout, but in what could be a scrappy, uneventful game you are forgiven for changing channels. Kings.
Verdict: Kings W
#10 Cincinnati Bearcats (26-4) at #11 Wichita State Shockers (24-5)
WITH the No. 1 seed on the line at more importantly the AAC regular season title, this match could be a can’t miss affair. I have faith in the Bearcats long term, but in a one game winner take all event on the Shockers home court, that changes things. I’m of the mindset that Landry Shamet can help lead Wichita State to a memorable win.
Verdict: Shockers W
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UConn Huskies (14-16) at #25 Houston Cougars (23-6)
THE casual college basketball fan may hear UConn and think the prestigious school is in a good position to win. A closer look will tell you the Huskies are doomed. The Cougars will put them out of their misery and end their forgetful season.
Verdict: Cougars W
#15 Michigan Wolverines (27-7) vs #8 Purdue Boilermakers (28-5)
IN my conference tournament predictions I had Michigan State winning it all but also mentioned that the Wolverines vs Spartans game would be the best of the Big Ten tourney. Well after Michigan upset their arch-rivals one of my predictions could come true as I think the Boilermakers can run away big winners.
Verdict: Boilermakers W